Australia's oldest seaport, Newcastle is one of the more fascinating cities on the New South Wales coast. The city is relatively easy to reach as it sits on the main highway that travels along the east coast of Australia. Sydney is only two hours' drive south along the F3, and the Hunter Valley can be explored in a matter of hours. One of the best features of the city is its proximity to mountain, beach and winery destinations.
Before tourists scour the Hunter Valley and coastal marvels near Newcastle, they should spend some time uncovering the appealing gems in the city. From the imposing Christ Church Cathedral, to the golden shores of Nobby's Beach, this laid-back yet charismatic coastal escape is worth checking out. There are numerous car hire agencies offering campervan rental in Newcastle, making it a popular way to get around.
One of the first places to visit in Newcastle is the Foreshore. This trendy and entertaining part of the city consists of large green spaces, playgrounds, and plenty of dining spots. The Queens Wharf area is particularly vibrant after the sun goes down, as cafes and bars operate each night. Nobby's Beach is another popular attraction within Newcastle. It's arguably the safest beach to swim, and is only a short distance from the heart of the city.
Outdoor enthusiasts will adore the Newcastle Wetlands Centre, in the Sandgate district of the city. Spreading across 45 hectares of natural bush, this spot is the ideal place for bushwalking, cycling, picnicking and canoeing. Another site for outdoor lovers is the Blackbutt Reserve, a large and fascinating green space in suburban Newcastle. The reserve includes a large playground for kids, interesting wildlife exhibits, free-roaming local fauna and outstanding picnicking areas.
About 45 minutes to the north of Newcastle is the enticing coastal town of Port Stephens, which overlooks Nelson Bay. It'a famous spot for whale watching and dolphin spotting during certain times of the year. Another attraction within a daytrip from the city is Barrington Tops National Park. This World Heritage listed landmark is where tourists venture for a truly majestic wilderness retreat.
Tomago Village Van Park is situated 10kms northwest of the city, and contains a comfortable range of facilities. There are powered sites available at this park.
Nestled upon beautiful Stockton Beach laysStockton Beach Holiday Park. Some of the main amenities found here include kid friendly playground, spacious grass, banking facilities and more.
Boasting a pool, undercover barbecue, laundry services and great kids playground, Red Head Beach Holiday Village is a magnificent option for overnight or short stays.
Despite its large size, the state of New South Wales is a popular destination for campervan travel. The roads and highways are well taken care of, especially the main coastal highway. Drive on the left, unless overtaking. Nevertheless, many sections of the larger highways are dual carriageways, so overtaking is never usually an issue. Local law enforcement does not tolerate speeding or driving under the influence (0.05mg/ml).
- Speed limits in the city: 50kph.
- Speed limits on national roads: 100-110kph.
- Help number: 000.